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Oswegatchie River Access

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 3, near Star Lake in St. Lawrence County

Put in at the NYS DEC parking lot at Inlet, near Star Lake, and make the 20 mile paddle up river to reach the headwaters.

Nearly 40 public access sites dot the river; the East Branch of the Oswegatchie, also known as the Main Branch, rises in Hamilton County at a remote little sheet of water known as Partlow Mill Pond. From here it runs a 130-mile course mostly through St. Lawrence County before emptying into the Saint Lawrence River at Ogdensburg. Its upper reaches are as remote and wild as any in New York State, and are a well-known wilderness canoe route.

The put-in is referred to as Inlet, and it is just east of Star Lake, not be confused with the Hamlet of Inlet much further south on Rt 28 near Old Forge.

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Star Lake

Closest Byway:Olympic Byway
Distance from Byway:remote
Closest Route #:State Rt. 3
Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
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